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Photographer Henry Perez to debut free exhibit, ‘La Femme … en Noir et Blanc’ Friday in Miami Beach

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"La Femme … en Noir et Blanc," an exhibit by Miami photographer Henry Perez, opens with a free reception and celebration on Friday, July 25, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden in Miami Beach.

The show is important to me because it showcases women in their natural, unretouched states,” Perez says. “It shows them at play, having a fun time and enjoying life.”

Above, Miami Beach Botanical Garden Executive Director Cindy Brown. Click here to view more photos from the exhibit.

Here are details from Charlotte Libov:

Are you tired of seeing images of women Photoshopped to such an extent that they are virtually unrecognizable?  Miami Photographer Henry Perez was, which is why he spent a year working on his upcoming exhibit "La Femme…en Noir et Blanc."

This exhibit focuses on 50 women, who span in age from their early 20's to nearly 80. They also represent a variety of races and ethnicities, reflecting the multiculturalism of Greater Miami, where most of the photo shoots took place. Perez photographed them in scenes of their choosing, and created the digital images in black and white, so the color of their clothing would not be distracting from their images. He collaborated with them in selecting the surroundings that reflect their personalities and passions, and he also left the images completely untouched.

The result is a striking collection of "real" women, photographed in scenes that reflect their work, their passions, or their multicultural identify. The women featured range from the well-known, such as Miami Beach's first woman mayor, Matti Herrera Bower,  popular entertainer Maryel Epps and Miami Beach Botanical Garden Executive Director Cindy Brown. 

The show will be unveiled at a free reception and celebration on Friday, July 25, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden in Miami Beach.  Perez will be on hand to discuss his work, along with most of the women  showcased. There will also be music, refreshments, a raffle and a silent auction to benefit the non-profit Sabrina Cohen Foundation. Cohen is among the 50 women featured.

This is the fourth show for Perez and it is by far the most extensive, both in its scope and cultural significance.

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